Global Trading Agency: Solar Mini-Grid Capacity Building Project

Global Trading Agency: Solar Mini-Grid Capacity Building Project

The Global Trading Agency (GTA) Group is the grantees signed for the new Off-Grid program launched by the USADF in association with FYI. This project aims at providing electricity to multiple households and businesses within the Gudele-West area in Juba. Only 1% of the population has access to electricity and power despite having the advantage of sunshine all year round. The GTA group decided to take advantage of this by coming up with the idea of using solar energy to supply their targeted consumers.


The GTA Grant Signing Award Ceremony and their entire team

Up to 750 people (and more in the future) will benefit directly from this project. In South Sudan, there is a high reliance on diesel generators which are quite expensive in the long run-thus many households remain without power and most people lack the capital to start businesses due to the high costs of owning a generator. Solar power in comparison to diesel generations is very efficient and cheaper to maintain in the long run. The only issue is that the installation of a solar panel can go up to 10 times the cost of buying a generator and the local population lack the possibility of maintenance and the high repair costs make it quite expensive to sustain. Due to the high demand for electrical power, the GTA group has decided to devise a project where they would provide solar systems to homes, businesses, NGO’s and government institutions is a prime investment in the South Sudanese context especially in the Capital Juba where GTA is based. Key buyers that GTA has made contact with and provided power to in the past include homes, micro-business Enterprises, pharmacies, NGOs, local churches, hospitals, schools, and government ministries. The eminent success of this project will greatly contribute to the South Sudanese economy as more people within Juba will be able to open more businesses without having to worry about powering their business as they now will have an affordable and reliable electricity supply.


Kenneth Baya- GTA’s Business Manager signing the grant award from the USADF


GTA aims to provide affordable electricity to households and businesses in Juba which will over time increase the quality of life for the residences, as well as the running of the businesses being supplied while reducing contributing to improving the environment by providing a cleaner energy alternative to generators which causes noise pollution and the adverse effects that burning fuel has by emitting pollutants such as Nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. This project is one of many in the road of making South Sudan more environmentally friendly and developing the economy.

Organic Cooking Oil Company (OCO)

Amount USD: 97,748.4

Project Description:

Organic Cooking Oil Company (OCO) was formed by 240 South Sudanese smallholder farmers in 2012, primarily to improve living standards of its members. OCO has been involved in production of peanut paste and limited production of peanut oil since establishment. However, OCO is faced with enormous challenges including lack of fund to double purchase of peanut from farmers, lack of processing equipment, and lack of technical know-how in production of peanut oil.

  • The Board identified such constraints in a board meeting. Discussants including the chairman, Treasurer and other three members of the Board of Directors played an important role in project identification. The idea was then discussed at the AGM with the general membership and the organization had a consensus around the plan to scale up cooking oil-processing business.
  • The type of processing equipment and accessories needed will not pollute the environment with noise, as they will be relatively quiet machine. As this is a pilot project and the volume of product is limited and the amount of waste products from the process will be negligible, and therefore there are no anticipated environmental problems in this project.Primary Impact Statement: (Summarize who are the primary beneficiaries and what the expected impact levels may be)
    Recommendation (Comment on project viability, suggested next steps, and basis for recommendation)
  • We recommend UASDF to fund this project. There are no critical issues in regard to the risk that may interrupt successful implementation of the project.

Environmental Concerns (comment on any obvious environmental or safety related issues to be addressed). This project has significant potentials in boosting economic growth and reducing food insecurity by increasing income levels of farmers through sale of their produces to the Coop. Increased productivity and introduction of simple processing methods leads to increased income thereby contributes to food and nutrition security through diet diversity. The additional income generated through the project will reduce food insecurity and 
contribute positively to nutrition outcomes.

Akari Sorghum milling capacity Building project

South Sudanese smallholder farmers in Kapuri of Central Equatoria State formed Akari Development Association (“ADA”) in 2010. ADA has a membership of 463 individuals, 260 of whom are women. ADA purchases sorghum grains from members, which it processes into sorghum flour and cleaned grains for sale in local markets. ADA would like to expand its sorghum flour processing capabilities, as there is additional strong demand for its product in local markets. ADA is constrained, however, by its use of traditional sorghum flour processing methods, as well as limited business management and financial capacities.

ADA’s Sorghum Milling Capacity Building Project is proposed to improve sorghum production by smallholder farmers with view to strenghten their operational capabilities. The project is intended to provide necessary inputs such milling equipment, packaging materials, technical training and other extension services needed to strengthen operational capabilities of ADA with particular emphasis in value addition development.

The project is financially viable, socially rewarding and economically sustainable. It is therefore recommended that USADF should provide funding and technical support for the proposed project. The project has high chances of expansion and also of being replicated elsewhere in the country.

The proposed project is to be located in Kapuri Village. It is a food-producing project primarily involving in production and packaging of sorghum flour. The production/packaging of sorghum flour have no negative impact on the environment. The packaging materials or equipment are not noisy.Through improvement of productivity, most of the members of ADA and the target smallholder sorghum producers will achieve food self-sufficiency. This situation will greatly contribute to stabilization of food availability in their rural areas, particularly for improvement of food and nutrition security.

GEZIRA FRUIT JUICE BLENDING CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT

Gezira Young People Agribusiness Trust was formed in 2012 by 135 South Sudanese youth who come from different ethnic backgrounds to engage in the business of fruit juice and smoothie blending. The primary goals of the organization are to create jobs to enable youth to become self-reliant, support food security in their community, and provide market linkages to fresh fruit farmers. GYPAT operates a juice shop in Juba and sources fresh fruit from farmers in surrounding rural areas. GYPAT has the opportunity to expand its juice business in Juba and thus increase farmer incomes as well but constrained by a lack of capacity in business and financial management, limited production capacity and inadequate funds to purchase relevant equipment and sufficient quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables for processing into juice and smoothies.

Foundation for Youth Initiative would provide demand driven trainings and technical assistances on numerous topics including ADF Required Financial and Participatory M&E; Financial Management and Entrepreneurship; Governance and Management; Agronomy; Revolving Fund Management; Policies and Procedures Manual Development; Business Plan Development and Project Evaluation.

This Project is expected to improve GYPAT’s its prospects for sustained expansion as indicated by the development of a comprehensive five-year business plan that deems suitable for funding by a donor or other financial institutions. It is also expected to improve GYPAT’s financial management, business management capacity, technical and operational capacity, marketing capacity, help increase farmers’ incomes, increased agricultural investments and supported young farmers both members and nonmembers.

KOYLE PEANUT PAST CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT

Amount :- $  95,345

Duration :- 2016 – 2019

Sector :- Agro-Processing (Peanut Pastes)

Beneficiaries :- 200 smallholder farmers

The project funds will be used to improve the business and financial management of KEDA through a series of trainings and of a management team. The funds will also build its technical capacity by expanding and improving its peanut paste operations through trainings in sustainable agriculture and peanut production, quality control and food safety, and through its purchase of a paste-pressing machine

Project Location :- Koyle Community Center, Koyle East, Rejaf

Summary :- The project funds will be used to improve the business and financial management of KEDA through a series of trainings and of a management team. The funds will also build its technical capacity by expanding and improving its peanut paste operations through trainings in sustainable agriculture and peanut production, quality control and food safety, and through its purchase of a paste-pressing machine